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Senate panel: More Iowans must work for public assistance

BY: - February 20, 2020

Iowans receiving public assistance with their groceries and health care would have to prove that they are working or volunteering at least 20 hours a week or qualify for an exception under legislation approved by a state Senate committee on Thursday. So-called “workfare” requirements are popular with Iowans, Sen. Jason Schultz, R-Schleswig, said. “Everybody has […]

Judge: Lawyer ‘made up’ testimony and undermined landmark pollution case

BY: - February 20, 2020

Two of Iowa’s most well-known attorneys are embroiled in a bitter fight over legal fees and client poaching in a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against one of Iowa’s biggest alleged corporate polluters. The case involves allegations of attorney misconduct in the $51 million class-action lawsuit against Muscatine’s Grain Processing Corp. On one side of the dispute is […]

Mobile home resident protections hit legislative snag

BY: - February 19, 2020

Residents of mobile home parks from across Iowa came to the State Capitol Wednesday with stories of sudden rent increases, unexplained evictions, spikes in utility fees and feeling trapped by Iowa’s laws that put all the power in the hands of landlords and park owners. Carrie Presley, who lives at the Table Mound mobile home […]

Reynolds flies drone, praises STEM progress

BY: - February 19, 2020

It’s not every day that you see Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds flying a drone through part of the Capitol rotunda.  But Wednesday, it surely made sense as students showed their work and politicians made the rounds at the ninth annual STEM Day at the Statehouse. Reynolds borrowed a drone from St. Theresa Catholic School, showing […]

Conversion therapy is happening underground in Iowa, LGBT advocates say. Some lawmakers are trying to stop it.

BY: - February 19, 2020

When Peter Nunn was 14 years old, his parents found a men’s workout magazine he owned and came to their own conclusions about his sexual orientation. His father decided to take him on a trip away from their home near Atlanta, but declined to tell him where they were going until their layover in St. […]

Grassley not yet ready to call it a career

BY: - February 19, 2020

CEDAR FALLS – U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley says he’s not yet ready to decide whether his current term of office will be his last. “You’ll have to ask me a year and a half from now,” the seven-term, 86-year-old senator said Tuesday after an appearance at the Cedar Falls Rotary Club. “Now if you’d asked […]

Wayne Ford: Hire ex-convicts or you are wasting my time

BY: - February 19, 2020

Wayne Ford couldn’t take it anymore. The retired state lawmaker and founder of Urban Dreams social services organization had listened to panelists and audience members talk for nearly an hour about how employers don’t hire African Americans, even as low unemployment makes it hard to find help. He wanted to bring a message home. “Let’s […]

GOP senators try again on 72-hour abortion waiting period

BY: - February 18, 2020

Iowa Republicans are reintroducing a measure that would require pregnant women to wait 72 hours before undergoing an abortion, similar to a law that was struck down by the Iowa Supreme Court in 2018. Senate File 2215 requires women who want an abortion to undergo an ultrasound at least three days before it’s performed. Republicans […]

Byers re-elected to head international business group

BY: - February 18, 2020

Jay Byers, CEO of the Greater Des Moines Partnership, has been re-elected to the board of an international business group. Byers will represent the United States chamber of commerce industry on the General Council of the World Chambers Federation of the International Chamber of Commerce. He is one of 20 representatives elected to represent chambers […]

Iowa restaurants cited for outdated food and unsanitary conditions

BY: - February 18, 2020

The Iowa Department of Inspections has reported the following alleged violations that stem from recent restaurant inspections in the Des Moines area. The department reminds the public that their reports are a “snapshot” in time and violations are often corrected on the spot before the inspector leaves the establishment. In addition to restaurants, this list […]

Senator: ‘I’m going for the gusto’ on medical cannabidiol update

BY: - February 18, 2020

State Sen. Brad Zaun said Tuesday it’s one of his top priorities to pass a “strong” update to Iowa’s medical cannabidiol law, despite continued divisions among Republicans over how strong the medicine should be. The main dispute remains the amount of THC that can be dispensed.  That’s the psychoactive compound in cannabis that is also […]

WalletHub: Des Moines is 13th-best state capital

BY: - February 18, 2020

WalletHub has declared Des Moines as the 13th-best state capital, with a special nod to the Iowa capital’s affordability.  The new study paid most attention to the cities’ affordability, the economic well-being of residents, the quality of education and health, and quality of life.  Des Moines ranked fifth in the country in general affordability. Its […]